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Aphrodite's Child

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Studio Album, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. End of the World (3:13)
2. Don't Try to Catch a River (3:38)
3. Mister Thomas (2:52)
4. Rain and Tears (3:10)
5. The Grass is No Green (6:05)
6. Valley of Sadness (3:13)
7. You always Stand in My Way (3:55)
8. The Shepherd and the Moon (3:04)
9. Day of the Fool (5:50)

Total Time: 37:10

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Line-up / Musicians

- Vangelis Papathanasiou / bass, keyboards
- Demis Roussos / vocals, bass, guitar
- Lucas Sideras / drums, vocals

Releases information

Greece Mercury 532 866-2 1996
Japan Mercury UICY-9371 2004


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APHRODITE'S CHILD End Of The World ratings distribution


3.43
(58 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
11%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
37%
Good, but non-essential (39%)
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Review by Eetu Pellonpää
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars I liked this album very much, though there are few duller songs on it. That does not seem surprising, as the styles of the songs alter very drastically, reflecting perfectly the mash-up album cover's awesomeness. I believe there was much energy from new situations, as these musicians escaped their home country's troubles to France, and met new exiting sounds and lifestyles radiating from London. to their own interpretation. From the tracks, mentionable would be "The End of The World" opens the LP brilliantly with grandiose drama, fitting to 1960's Paris dance floors as slow piece and apocalyptic prayer for freaked out stoners. The sense of style and tone of Demis Roussos' vocals meet the massive style-array of Vangelis Papathanasiou's keyboard talents. "Don't Try to Catch A River" runs after harpsichord driven soft-rocker, reminding some funny keyboard-driven trios soon blossoming at Great Britain's scene. "Rain and Tears" is also a beautiful ballad, but shadowed by the album intro. "Valley of Sadness" is maybe another greates peak on this album from me, shimmering with spiritual belief and melancholic trust to turns of the fate. "The Grass is No Green" gives possibly hints of their forthcoming more adventurous "666" album, considering its form as aural landscape for Demis' reciting. The band has also opened an official youtube channel, and it is fun to see and hear that Demis was also quite good bass player. I would recommend this record to all who like 60's music, and also to those who are interested in the musical history of Vangelis and Demis Roussos, even though not liking the musical style of this album.

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Posted Thursday, July 07, 2005

Review by Seyo
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3 stars Interesting debut of AC is basically a typical product of its time. It is loaded with influences from British beat-psychedelia, cheesy 60s pop and some Greek folksy spices. Pop ballad "Rain and Tears" is the best known song, but more interesting moments for prog audience could be find in "The Grass Is No Green", "Shepherd and the Moon" and "Day of the Fool", where one can detect very early substance of what is to become more elaborated conceptual sounds of "666" or Vangelis' "Earth". Not many guitar is present here, but there is tons of Vangelis' keyboards, including Mellotrons, organ, harpsichord. Only, Roussos is sometimes irritating with his pitchy vocal and it is obvious that they were young, naive and full of ideas to experiment. Not a great album by any means, but a worthy early effort of folk-psychedelic "proto-prog".

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Posted Thursday, January 26, 2006

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Let me mention one thing with these Aphrodite's Child reviews : I tend to like their melodic and pop songs quite a lot. They have filled my ears when I was not even a teenager.

The title track sets the pace for this style. A great pop ballad tinted with some sweet psychedelai. But this album shows many facets of this band. Their fully psychedelic sound (but who didn't release psyche songs in 68?) with "Don't Try to Catch the River". Their folk orientation with The Shepherd and the Moon and "Mister Thomas" (which sounds pretty childish and not very interesting).

But even while they play their pop influenced songs like "Rain & Tears", they inject such a great melody and nice keys that I just can't help : I like it very much.

A song as "The Grass Is No Green" is more elaborate and combines psyche and folk influences. Not a fave of mine because it sounds a bit hectic to my ears but some might like it for these reasons.

The Shepherd and the Moon and Day of the Fool have some similarities with Floyd which might surprise more than one proghead.

This album is not a brilliant one but still it is original. Just remember that it was released some forty years ago and that rock music in Greece was not a usual concept in those days (and still isn't). For these reasons, I will rate this work with three stars; but it holds average music like "You Always Stand In My Way" (even if it is one of the very songs that rocks) deserving more five out of ten.

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Posted Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars A very interesting pop rock album that hints very few things that were to come (like their conceptual 666). Actually Aphordite´s Child showed quite some personality and uniqueness by uniting their obvious british pop rock/´psychodelic influences with greek folk music overtones here and there. The songwriting may be too straightforward for some progheads, but Vangelis keyboards and arrangements are far from common place. In fact, I found them to be quite bold for the time and being their first major efford as a group. Songs like The Grass Is No Green and Day Of The Fool are hardly what you call ´radio friendly´and were to be further developed on 666.

Not essential by any means, but a valid statement, specially if you are a Vangelis fan (keyboards dominate this album from beginning to end). And I like very much Demis Roussos voice.

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Posted Friday, May 02, 2008

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
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4 stars A Forgotten Gem

Soon after APHRODITE'S CHILD was formed, the guitar player Anargyros "Silver Koulouris is called to the military Service and has to leave the bands (only to rejoin them for the recording of 666), so they turn into a trio with Artemios (Demis Roussos) taking both the bass and guitar.

With this emergency lineup they release "End of the World" in 1968, an album that lead them to fame due to the self titled single "End of the World" which reached N° 1 in most continental Europe, but the album is much more than a hit single, even when their Prog leanings are not yet so obvious, the adventurous and delicate blend of Psychedelia with Greek ethnic roots is simply delightful. Probably a bit naive in comparison with their masterpiece, but this kids were releasing very elaborate and interesting music when the 60's were dying.

The album starts with the title song in which the absolutely dramatic and clear voice of a young Demis Roussos creates a nostalgic moment only broken by his sentimental screams, but again, this is much more than just a ballad, the Greek Folk influence is more than evident while Vangelis adds outstanding organ sections with an evident Psyche/Prog orientation, I can't understand why people catalogue this outstanding song as soft POPO when it's one of the more advanced pieces of music you can listen in 1968, love the disheartening atmosphere and pure passion.

"Don't try to Catch a River" is much faster and snappy than "End of the World", but not less interesting, even when the funky entrance seems to announces a catchy POP track, the wonderful keyboards of Vangelis take us in a trip to an electronic Psychedelic universe, while that human metronome named "Lucas Sideras" adds dissonant backing vocals that prove how elaborate this track is.

People often criticize "Mister Thomas" and catalogues it as a childish song, but lets not forget this guys are Greek and want to include their ethnic roots into their music, yes, you can dance to it almost as you would do with a Tarantella, but they are shouting "We are Greeks and don't want to sound like a British band".

"Rain and Tears" is another track that obtained popularity for APHRODITE'S CHILD, and even when it's basically a ballad, the contrasting and dissonant choirs plus the subtle organ and violin, makes of it interesting from start to end.

Now it's time for "The Grass is no Green", an experimental song with an extremely strong ethnic component that gives us hints of what 666 will be, absolutely dramatic and disturbing, demonstrates that this guys are going for more than just a place in the Billboards combining their national essence with trippy Psyche.

"Valley of Sadness" sounds like a track taken from the 60's British Invasion, but again their Greek atmosphere make it unique and creates a contrasting mood with the heavy "You Stand in my Way" where Demis gives one of his best vocal performances.

As "Mister Thomas" before, "The Shepherd and the Moon" is a folksy song, but the distorted vocals and radical changes make it worth to be listened, the band tries to embrace Rock but never forgetting their essence, simply delightful and mysterious.

The album ends with "Day of the Fool", one of the proggiest and more challenging songs in the album, they go from Rock to some sort of melodic Prog, Avant Garde to an outstanding and extremely long organ solo by Vangelis, the perfect closer for an excellent album.

Before rating "End of the World" I must say that before last week I only heard this album once back in the 80's and didn't impressed me, so I udsed to believe tha APHRODITE'S CHILD was a mainstream band that released one Prog album (666) by luck.

But before placing it in a box with the albums I never listen decided to give "End of the World" a new chance, and my opinion has changed in 180° degrees, it's fantastic release in which the seeds of 666 are starting to blossom, so I can't rate it with less than 4 solid stars.

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Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars Big (men) in Paris

Famously known for bringing together keyboards maestro Vangelis and easy listening singer Demis Roussos, Aphrodite's Child were formed in Greece in 1968. The band was completed by Loukas Sideras on drums and Anargyros "Silver" Koulouris on guitar, with Roussos also playing bass. Intending to relocate to London, UK, the band got as far as Paris, France, where various factors combined to impede their progress. Rather than sit on their hands waiting, they signed a record contract in Paris, and released the single "Rain and tears" a few months later. The single found chart success in a number of European countries, so an album was quickly put together to capitalise on the success.

All the songs on "End of the world" were written by Vangelis (Papathanassiou) with non- band member Boris Bergman. Classical composer Johann Pachelbel also receives a credit for the use of his "Canon" melody on "Rain and tears". The album has in recent years become a sought after rarity, although it has now finally been released on CD and download.

This is very much a proto-prog album, full of sounds which are now of their time but which in 1968 were novel and exciting. It may seem hard to believe, but Demous Rousos singing is actually invigorated and inventive. The fact that he was and is a fine singer must have been a major factor in the success of the the band. Vangelis keyboard work is confined to more traditional instruments such as piano and organ, his dalliances with synthesiser still being a few years off.

At times, such as on "The grass is not green", we venture into more spacy, psychedelic territories, but generally the songs are well arranged pop based affairs. "You always Stand in My Way" features some unusually aggressive mellotron sounds, that instrument being more associated with pastoral orchestral effects.

One thing which noticeable is the lack of any significant lead guitar work, perhaps reflecting Anargyros Koulouris partial absence from the recordings (he was called up for military service around that time).

In all, an album which, to those hearing in the 2000's for the first time, will sound rather naïve and dated. We must however recognise the vast amount of music which this album pre-dates. Seen for what it is and when it was recorded, this is a highly inventive and satisfying début.

Recent releases include both sides of the band's first single"Plastics Nevermore/The other people" as bonus tracks. Both are interesting is an historical context, but not really worth seeking out.

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3 stars Aphrodite's Child. The greek god Vangelis wasn't so strong yet. More psychedelic than prog (as you can judge by the cover art). End of The World is their debut, and in my point of view, far better than the legendary conceptual, but poor, "666". Nothing so special at this album, but it's a c ... (read more)

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4 stars As already pointed out on this site, the main attraction of this record is the wizardry of Vangelis' keyboards. He really is a marvel on here. I didn't notice his piano and organ work so much at first but on a second listen I realised that he proved to be an apt user of all kinds of sonic gimmicks w ... (read more)

Report this review (#395687) | Posted by Frankie Flowers | Sunday, February 06, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars this album is the first j got in1968 when j was 12 years old and it just turned me on pop music . pop singles like rain and tears and end of the world are pure jewels.contrary to what some people think, there is no melotron used through this recording,only hammond and clavinet with a lot of e ... (read more)

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3 stars It's good to be the first one to review an album! I don't really have it, but I have the complete collection, so it stands for this one and the next one, plus some singles... Coming to review, it has only little signs of what is to come (666) and shows little of what is expected of a prog ba ... (read more)

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